Turgeon trying to answer point guard question

The Aggies had a rough week on both ends of the court, but Mark Turgeon says that he's got to find a way to get more out of his point guard position in order to get his offense operating as well as it should be.

When the 2007-2008 basketball season began, the biggest question for first-year head coach Mark Turgeon was at point guard. He knew he wouldn't have the luxury of Acie Law to lead the team, and freshman point guard B.J. Holmes probably wouldn't be ready for the rigors of Big 12 basketball in his first season.

Turgeon believed that Dominique Kirk would be the answer, but three games into Big 12 Conference play, the question remains, what will Turgeon do about the Aggies' point guard situation?

"We've made some changes in our point guard play," Turgeon said. "We've let (Donald) Sloan bring the ball up more and I thought it helped us at times and it doesn't help us at times. I thought Sloan was great at the start of the (Kansas State) game, he was very aggressive. He took one shot that hit the side of the backboard but he was very aggressive. Then in the second half he missed a couple of layups he normally makes."

That inconsistency is what's frustrating Turgeon, especially since it's more of a mental issue than a question of Sloan's ability.

"I think Sloan loses his concentration when things don't go well. At times he's playing pretty well and at times he's got to grow up and be more responsible. Last year he had no responsibility, it was on three seniors and Joe and Dominique, now he's got to make plays. He just has problems getting us into our offenses and set offenses, that's what he has to get better at."

But Sloan isn't the only player struggling to find a consistent groove. With nine undergraduate scholarship players on the roster, Turgeon knows that he's got to find a way to help this team grow up, and he's got to find it fast.

"A lot of our problem right now is immaturity and mental, it's fighting through tough times," Turgeon said. "There are certain things that you can't help kids with and there are some that you can. Because of the sense of urgency right now and because we've been humbled, they should be a lot more coachable right now and wanting to learn and get better."

The Aggies return home on Wednesday night to play No. 25 Baylor, which is ranked for the first time since 1967. The meeting is the first time in the series' history that both teams have been ranked.

Turgeon is hoping that a return to the friendly confines of Reed Arena will help him get the Aggies back on track.

"Hopefully we'll get the atmosphere we've been playing in front of on the road," Turgeon said. "Hopefully they'll come out and say coach we still believe, we're behind you. Player's we believe in you, we're behind you."


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